EVENING PROGRAM • At 7 p.m., MIFF Feature Film Programmer Ken Eisen will present one of his favorite films from their 2016 festival, Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs (109 min.). After the screening, Ken will talk about the art of festival programming, what he looks for in creating a film festival, and the state of independent film today, and he will answer questions from filmmakers and film lovers alike.
LOUDER THAN BOMBS Joachim Trier
In this seldom seen but truly superb 2016 release, Louder Than Bombs, Gabriel Byrne gives a quietly terrific performance as a widower and father. An upcoming exhibition celebrating the late war photographer Isabelle Reed, played by Isabelle Huppert in an understated but haunting performance, brings her eldest son Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) back to the family house. Eisenberg, in a morally ambiguous but fascinating performance, mediates somewhat disingenuously between his father Gene (Byrne) and his withdrawn younger brother Conrad, played by Devin Druid in a searing performance. As the truth about their mother and wife is gradually revealed, you will experience a visually stunning and subtle contemporary gem. Louder Than Bombs is a powerful rumination on family and war in an age of media overexposure.
“Told with a quiet cinematic bravura that somehow never calls attention to itself, this is a movie that captures, with singular intimacy and humanity, just how difficult it can be to communicate with the people you love the most.” — The New York Observer.
Ken Eisen is co-founder and Director of Programming at the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville, Maine. Ken is also the president of Shadow Distribution, the Waterville-based film distribution company that has been the exclusive distributor of over 30 films, including The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, Heading South, and Academy Award nominees The Weather Underground and Under the Sun. He co-founded and programs Railroad Square Cinema, an independent art-house cinema in Waterville. Ken is an adjunct professor at both Colby College and the University of Maine at Augusta, teaching classes in the departments of Cinema Studies and Drama, respectively. He was, for 19 years, host of Prime Cuts, a weekly jazz radio show on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, and, for 15 years, film critic of the Maine Times. He is married to actress Karen Young, and the couple lives in Waterville, Maine and Buenos Aires, Argentina.